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The Forsyte Saga 

Chronicles the lives of three generations of the upper-middle-class British family, the Forsytes, from the 1870s to 1920.
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Series cast summary:
Damian Lewis ...  Soames Forsyte 10 episodes, 2002-2003
Rupert Graves ...  Young Jolyon Forsyte / ... 10 episodes, 2002-2003
Gina McKee ...  Irene Forsyte / ... 10 episodes, 2002-2003
Amanda Root ...  Winifred / ... 10 episodes, 2002-2003
Ben Miles ...  Montague Dartie 10 episodes, 2002-2003
Gillian Kearney ...  June / ... 10 episodes, 2002-2003
Alistair Petrie ...  George / ... 10 episodes, 2002-2003
Ann Bell ...  Aunt Hester / ... 8 episodes, 2002-2003
Malcolm Raeburn Malcolm Raeburn ...  Parfitt 7 episodes, 2002-2003
Barbara Flynn ...  Emily 6 episodes, 2002
Beatriz Batarda ...  Annette Forsyte née Lamotte / ... 6 episodes, 2002-2003
Julian Ovenden ...  Val Dartie 6 episodes, 2002-2003
John Carlisle John Carlisle ...  James Forsyte 6 episodes, 2002
Amanda Ryan ...  Holly Dartie née Forsyte / ... 6 episodes, 2002-2003
Wendy Craig ...  Aunt Juley 6 episodes, 2002-2003
Maggie Fox Maggie Fox ...  Bilson 6 episodes, 2002-2003
Corin Redgrave ...  Old Jolyon Forsyte / ... 5 episodes, 2002
Jowanna Rose Jowanna Rose ...  Smither 5 episodes, 2002-2003
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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon Forsyte. Soames is a solicitor, all proper and straight-laced. His love for the beautiful Irene is his only weakness as is his beautiful daughter Fleur. Jolyon is the opposite, a free-thinking artist who abandons his wife to live with his children's nanny. Their lives and their children's lives will intersect over 30 years bringing happiness to some and tragedy to others. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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Granada Television,WGBH See more »
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| (6 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Rupert Graves (as Young Jolyon) and Gillian Kearney (as June) play father and daughter, but there is actually just under nine years difference in their ages. See more »

Quotes

June Forsyte: [talking with her father Jolyon] Why do I always lose everyone I love? You can't die! All that talk of love, about my love for you. No-one loves you more than I do! You're my rock, the one I am cling to. I won't let this happen!
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Referenced in Granada Reports: 5 April 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »

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June's Song
(End titles music)
By Geoffrey Burgon
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Fabulous version of Galsworthy's novel
8 May 2005 | by mitfordgirlSee all my reviews

I had never heard of The Forsyte Saga before seeing the mini-series but I enjoyed it so much that I bought the novel, and isn't that really what these adaptations of novels are all about- trying to interest people enough to read the book the movie was based on? I'm glad this version wasn't completely true to the novel considering that so many of the characters in the novel are either underdeveloped or so enigmatic that it's hard to have any kind of feelings about them.It was a stroke of genius to develop Dartie and George into the two jokers of the family, who provide light entertainment when the plot gets a little dark. In defense of Gina McKee, I think the choice to cast her as Irene was a wise one. I can't think of any other actress today who has such an elegant, classy beauty without being "showy" about it and I thought her characterization of Irene was true to how she is portrayed in the book, considering that Galsworthy deliberately made Irene a very shadowy, unreachable figure. Ioan Gruffudd, who, with his dark good looks just seems to be made for these lavish period pieces, was his usual dashing and charming self playing "The Buccaneer" and the rest of the cast put in a fine performance. While I admit these costume drama mini-series aren't to everyone's taste, you can not doubt the painstaking hard work put in by all involved that makes them a cut above the rest.


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